Retired US military man found dead in Ermita hotel


Ralph Anthony Suite Hotel PHOTO FROM GHIX.COM

MANILA, Philippines-A retired US military serviceman was found dead in his hotel room in Ermita, Manila, on Sunday morning.

Police identified the body to be that of William Machett, 59, of Washington, DC. The cause of death was still unknown as of Sunday.

Machett’s body had no visible injuries when found by hotel security at around 7 a.m. inside his room at Ralph Anthony Suite Hotel, where he checked in and paid P14,000 for a 10-day stay on Monday, May 14.

Security guard Reden Acero said Machett was seen having dinner in his room and watching television on Saturday night.

Repeated phone calls to his room on Sunday morning went unanswered, prompting the hotel staff to check on him, he said.

Machett was rushed to Manila Doctors Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

Homicide investigator Police Officer 3 Amelito Lopez said Machett’s room was orderly and showed no signs of a commotion or foul play.

US Consul Dustin Bradshaw, who confirmed Machett’s background as a retired US military serviceman, later went to the hotel room also to investigate, Lopez said.—Jaymee T. Gamil

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  • Gwenth

    This is really so sad. This guy has retired and just start enjoying his life and yet it’s been cut short by another unknown cause. Incidents like these are now very ramphant in the Philippines where usually foreign guests found lifeless in their own Hotel rooms. The US embassy should have his body autopsied  ASAP as I suspect this is another “inside job” doings. He might have been poisoned through the food he ate and then robbed his money. That’s why you guys especially foreingers be very vigilant around you and never trust anyone not even the Hotel workers because most of the time it seems to me incidents like these are done by an inside job.  “It really is more fun in the Philippines” indeed!…. lol

    • stanfordmillbrand

      Gwenth, ang sakit sa mata basahin ang ingles mo. lumayas ka na nga sa bansa namin. kung pilipino ka pwede ba magpaturo ka muna mag ingles. ang sagwa e 

    • Erno Mabini

      This is sad indeed.  It’s sad when a Filipino says bad things about his/her own country/countrymen.  How do you expect other races to respect us, if we ourselves don’t respect our own country/people.  This could happen anywhere or in any country.  Please STOP saying it’s more fun in the Philippines when bad things happen.  I feel insulted.  I’m proud to be a Filipino!

    • Foreigner

      Ermita of all places! I was swindled there out of 100,000php by a fly by night money change shop. That money was intended for a cheap car. No car then but jeepneys are still OK to me.

      Since then, I avoid Metro Manila at all costs and I prefer to sleep over at NAIA waiting for my connecting flight to Mindanao the next day. Mindanao is friendly and much safer than Metro if you have the right attitude of respecting people.

      Manila is one of the worst potholes in the world, with Cebu City on a honorary second place, full of pimps and robbers. People should retire to Mindanao, the promised land with the friendly people.

  • sh1seadad

    Its more fun in the Philippines!

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